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McCain’s Foreign Policy - Where’s the Beef?

Report 7 October 2008
Throughout this campaign Senator McCain has failed to lay out concrete plans on some of the most important national security issues before the U.S. McCain has either adopted an incoherent approach, such as with Iran, where he will attack his opponent’s position in one sentence and then agree with it in the next, or replaced policy proposals with empty platitudes about “not surrendering” and achieving “victory” in reference to Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Afghanistan

Petraeus, McKiernan Rebuff McCain on Afghanistan

Report 2 October 2008
This week General McKiernan, the top commander in Afghanistan, and General David Petraeus made an obvious point: “Afghanistan is not Iraq.” Both insisted that the challenges in Afghanistan are very different than the ones in Iraq and therefore require a very different strategy and approach.
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Military

Election 2008: Democrats and National Security

News Washington Post 27 August 2008
Iraq

After Year and Half Situation Tenuous In Iraq Due to Lack of Progress in Political Reconciliation

Report 21 August 2008
In his last days commanding U.S. forces in Iraq, General Petraeus issued words of caution – the security gains that had been achieved were “tenuous.” The increase in U.S. forces played an important role in creating the decrease in violence, but during this time almost no progress has been made on political reconciliation.
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Iraq

Explaining McCain's Misunderstanding of the Surge

Press Release Washington, D.C. 24 July 2008
Iraq

NSN Daily Update: McCain Gets History of Surge Wrong

Report 23 July 2008
Yesterday in an interview with CBS News, McCain attacked Obama for not understanding the history of the surge. Yet McCain’s own explanation of the surge’s history was completely wrong.
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Iraq

One Year From the Surge

Report 9 January 2008
Changes in military tactics can lead to short term gains, but only a comprehensive political strategy to bring Iraq’s warring factions together can lead to a permanent solution to the conflict. One year since the President announced the “surge,” it remains clear that he has no such strategy.
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Iraq

What is the President's Strategy for Iraq?

Report 1 November 2007
Two months after General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker testified before Congress, the President has still not articulated a clear strategy or explained why the U.S. continues to have approximately 165,000 troops in Iraq.
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Iraq

Is General Petraeus's Data Misleading the American People?

Report 4 September 2007
General Petraeus and the Administration have selectively emphasized certain statistics to support their case that the "surge" is working and violence is down.
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